- On 25/02/2020
The ethic is referring to “all the moral principles or values that are held by a culture, group, or individual, including concepts of right and wrong, rules of conduct, or the like.” – Wordreference dictionary 2020
Why including Ethics in Computer Science studies?
Ethics in technology and the digital age is covering personal information and data of a person, privacy, security, Copywrite, human intelligence for robotics and more. We can, indeed, talk about “computer ethic“. According to TechTerms, it is a “set of moral principles that regulate the use of computers“. Which determine the respect of intellectual property rights of the others.
Moreover, computer science is relating to “the study of computers and computing, including their theoretical and algorithmic foundations, hardware and software, and their uses for processing information. The discipline of computer science includes the study of algorithms and data structures, computer and network design, modelling data and information processes, and artificial intelligence”. It is relevant to teach to computer science students how ethic has an impact on individual through CS and the digital age which is part of each European societies.
The European project Ethics4EU aim to give to best practices to European teachers in computer science to give lessons to students about ethics in computer science, by developing digital (and non-digital) content available for all and easy to include in the existing learning methods of Universities. The consortium of this Erasmus+ project realized that one of the biggest issues to encounter was to give relevant lessons about ethics in computer science. To discover the resources that will be developed by Ethics4EU, visit https://sites.google.com/dit.ie/ethics4eu/about-us?authuser=0.
Ethics is a principal that should be included in all institutions and studies to raise the awareness of European students about its importance, and value in European societies.